The Children’s Art and Literacy Festival is finally here! After a couple years of planning, this magical event kicks off Thursday into the evening in conjunction with the Center for Contemporary Arts Artwalk. I might be more excited than my little ones. During the festival, downtown Abilene will be transformed into the imaginative world of Dr. Seuss. Children will enjoy readings from seven Dr. Seuss books throughout the weekend with art activities held after each reading. They can meet the characters, see the movies and explore the art works while visiting the landmarks of Abilene. Six bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters will be displayed throughout downtown. At the Abilene Zoo, visitors can board the Dr. Seuss Train to see animals, birds and reptiles.

Even adults can enjoy the festival without the kiddos in tow! Theodore Geisel began his career as a cartoonist and was a prolific artist whose works span 65 years. His early works include his art as a cartoonist for children’s books, drawings featured in Life magazine and book illustrations. On display will be original and reproduced memorabilia spanning Geisel’s editorial, advertising, military and book careers, along with estate authorized reproductions of his “Secret Art” collection.

Registration is $12 for adults and $7 for children. Each child will receive a lanyard for access to Dr. Seuss exhibits, readings and art activities. The Paramount Theatre will show the Lorax and the Cat in the Hat; Cypress Street Station will host a “Green Eggs and Ham” brunch and more! Registrants also receive one-half price admission to Frontier Texas!, the Abilene Zoo and The Grace Museum. The festival begins at noon on Thursday, June 14 and concludes on Sunday, June 17 with the Father’s Day Picnic at the Abilene Zoo featuring Hop on Pop reading from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

C.A.L.F. is sponsored by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, an affiliate of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. Let’s thank the staff of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, past and present, for bring CALF to life in Abilene for our community and visitors to enjoy. For more information on this great event, visit www.abilenecac.org.

Just in case you need to know of something else going on in town this weekend try these events you’re sure to enjoy:

Get your cowboy on with the high school rodeo state finals at the Taylor County Expo Center. This weekend brings the finals of the championships and promises to be very exciting! Call 325-677-4376 for more information.

The thrilling play “The Mousetrap” opens at the Abilene Community Theatre this Thursday night. This Agatha Christa hit about a group of strangers that just happen to be stranded in a spooking boarding house during an epic snow storm try to figure out which one among them is a murderer. Those goosebumps from this play will be a nice relief from the heat. Show times are 7:30 pm and cost from $10 for adults, $8 for students, seniors, and active military and $5 for ages 12 and younger.